Mary Hartman Mary Hartman – Why Were We Waiting For Next Week?

How many of you remember the sitcom “Mary Hartman Mary Hartman”? 


To me, Mary Hartman Mary Hartman was a sitcom that made no sense but I watched each week to see what would happen next.


According to Wikipedia, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman was an American satirical soap opera that aired in daily (weekday) syndication from January 1976 to May 1977. The series was produced by Norman Lear, directed by Joan Darling, Jim Drake, Nessa Hyams, and Giovanna Nigro, and starred Louise Lasser. The series writers were Gail Parent and Ann Marcus.

The show’s title was the eponymous character’s name stated twice, because Lear and the writers believed that dialogue within a soap opera was always said twice.

In 2004 and 2007, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman was ranked #21 and #26 on “TV Guide’s Top Cult Shows Ever.”]

In 2009, TV Guide ranked “Chicken Soup” #97 on its list of the 100 Greatest Episodes



As I think back to my fascination with “Mary Hartman Mary Hartman”, I can only surmise that I was bored out of my mind to spend 30 minutes of my time actually watching this sitcom!!!  


I don’t remember most of the episodes nor can I even tell you what the show was about, however, what I do remember most was how the show ended.

Now here are some scenes from the next episodes of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.”  and it was always a reminder to tune in the next week just like the Batman Show did in the 60’s.



I anxiously awaited the end of each Batman episode but would turn down the volume on the television set so that my grandmother wouldn’t hear it.  The ending always meant that it was time for bed and even back then I loved staying up late.

How about you, do you remember a sitcom that you enjoyed waiting until the end so you could get a preview of the next week’s episode?  


What show do you watch now that you enjoy but look forward to the end for a preview of the next week’s episode?


Why are we rushing our lives away by looking forward to what is coming in “next week’s episode” as opposed to living in the moment and enjoying our time in the present?




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